Tuesday, 28 May 2013

27. Recipes // Meatballs

Hello again!

I haven't posted a recipe for a while, so I thought I'd do a quick, simple recipe today.

I'm currently quite hard-up cashwise so my boyfriend and I have been looking for cheap dinner ideas. We have made delicious meatball dishes a few times but never made our own meatballs, so last night we decided to make some!

This is an incredibly cheap dish to make and is gorgeous, comfort food. This whole meal cost less than £5, fed two people and went down a treat.

Ingredients for the meatballs:
350g lean beef mince
1/2 an onion (diced)
1/2 tsp of Garlic (we used Very Lazy garlic, but garlic cloves would be even better)
1 tsp Paprika (depending on how spicy you want the meatballs!)
1 egg (whisked)
Chorizo (sliced)
50g mushrooms (sliced)
Salt & pepper to season

1. Fry the onions and garlic, in olive oil, in a frying pan until soft and then leave to cool.
2. Once cooled, put the mince, onion, garlic and whisked egg into a bowl and mix.
3. Add seasoning and then fry for around 10-15 minutes, in olive oil, in a frying pan.
4. When almost cooked, add the mushrooms and Chorizo and fry for around 5 minutes.

Ingredients for the sauce:
400g chopped tomatoes
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Chilli powder
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp mixed herbs
1/2 tsp garlic
Salt & pepper to season

1. Combine all ingredients in a pan and simmer until warmed through.

You should be cooking your pasta or spaghetti (add a little salt to the water for extra flavour) at the same time. It usually takes around 15 minutes which, conveniently, is the same time as the meatballs and the sauce will need. So, you can put your pasta on as soon as you start frying the meatballs, or perhaps even a little earlier.

Once the tomato sauce has heated through and the meatballs are thoroughly cooked, pour the sauce into the frying pan with meatballs and simmer until you're ready to serve.

Apologies for the poor quality photo... we just wanted to EAT it
Extra Tips:
You could even add some cheese to bulk the meal up a little.
Alternatively, you could dice the Chorizo and add it to the meatballs, for an extra kick.

I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if you have any low-cost meal recipes!

Becci xox

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